84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove MossNet?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
82% remove it18% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #34,502
United States Rank #27,140
Reach 0.0035%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.04 days
148.63 days >
Average installed length: 78.10 days


2015.08.04.010440 1.45%
2014.12.16.212216 1.45%
2014.12.03.032211 1.45%
2014.11.29.202150 1.45%
2014.11.27.034817 1.45%
2014.11.08.042126 1.45%
2014.11.05.112110 1.45%
2014.11.01.173025 1.45%
2014.10.31.063020 1.45%
2014.10.26.162644 1.45%
2014.10.25.002638 1.45%
2014.10.22.202705 2.90%
2014.10.21.205904 1.45%
2014.10.19.035839 1.45%
2014.10.18.125835 1.45%
2014.10.16.051835 1.45%
2014.10.15.015847 1.45%
2014.10.11.131505 1.45%
2014.10.09.153539 1.45%
2014.10.09.113255 1.45%
2014.10.08.071353 1.45%
2014.10.07.110002 1.45%
2014.10.06.144643 1.45%
2014.10.05.143055 1.45%
2014.10.05.022248 1.45%
2014.10.03.180209 2.90%
2014.10.01.092640 1.45%
2014.09.29.170146 1.45%
2014.09.28.084223 1.45%
2014.09.26.071645 1.45%
2014.09.19.123310 1.45%
2014.09.16.123228 1.45%
2014.09.14.163542 1.45%
2014.09.14.123511 1.45%
2014.09.13.123504 1.45%
2014.09.13.083504 1.45%
2014.09.13.043502 1.45%
2014.09.12.212817 1.45%
2014.09.12.052806 1.45%
2014.09.08.012631 1.45%
2014.09.06.012619 1.45%
2014.09.04.172615 1.45%
2014.09.03.172609 1.45%
2014.09.03.012614 1.45%
2014.09.01.195837 1.45%
2014.09.01.155820 1.45%
2014.08.25.003719 1.45%
2014.08.20.220946 1.45%
2014.08.20.020938 1.45%
2014.08.19.140935 1.45%
2014.08.18.140926 4.35%
62 versions


What is MossNet?

MossNet is an adware/advertising supported web browser plugin that is typically bundled by a 3rd-party download manager which includes potentially unwanted software offers in order to monetize installs (PPI) or through malvertising practices. Once running, this adware is designed to deliver advertisements to the browser in a number of formats including banners, text hyper-links, inline text ads and/or transitionals. These ads are not affiliated with nor endorsed by the underlying website on which they appear and are just injected by the plugin and will appear in the header or footer of the web page or replace any legitimate ads the website already has implemented. Injected ad placements may contain links to further information about the ad (by clicking the "About this Ad".) The software also communicates with a remote server in order to report the browsing habits of the user as well as URLs and domains the browser visits so that it can update its advertisements.


The most common release is 2014.08.18.140926, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named MossNetBHO.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 20 files and is usually about 2.37 MB (2,481,343 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Injects advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in MossNet.
MossNetBHO.dll (a684159ab317cf67a236ceada1056a16) has been flagged by the following 10 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Avira AntiVir APPL/BrowseFox.Gen2
AVG 2015.0.3371 BrowseFox.F
AVware Adware.BrowseFox
ESET-NOD32 8.10277 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.O
Malwarebytes v2014.08.25.12 PUP.Optional.MossNet.A
McAfee 5600.7027 Artemis!A684159AB317
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7027 Artemis!A684159AB317
Sophos 4.98 Browse Fox
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.237 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0812
VIPRE Antivirus 32344 Adware.BrowseFox
updateMossNet.exe (d890cd7601abf0a222bfbaf568ffca1e) has been flagged by the following 29 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.SwiftBrowse.CN
AhnLab-V3 2015.03.04.00 PUP/Win32.BrowseFox
ALYac Adware.SwiftBrowse.CN
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:BrowseFox-DQ [PUP]
AVG Generic.94D
Avira ADWARE/BrowseFox.Gen7
AVware Yontoo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.MSIL.BrowseFox.H
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.SwiftBrowse.CN
Comodo Security 21284 ApplicUnwnt
Cyren W32/S-7b6eb46a!Eldorado
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.SwiftBrowse.CN (B)
ESET-NOD32 11265 a variant of MSIL/BrowseFox.H potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Adware/BrowseFox
F-Prot W32/S-7b6eb46a!Eldorado
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.SwiftBrowse.CN
G Data 25 Adware.SwiftBrowse.CN
K7 AntiVirus 9.200.15148 Trojan ( 0040f9761 )
K7GW 9.200.15148 Trojan ( 0040f9761 )
McAfee BrowseFox-FTQ
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 BrowseFox-FTQ
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.SwiftBrowse.CN
nProtect 2015-03-03.01 Adware.SwiftBrowse.CN
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.Adware.708
Sophos 4.98.0 Browse Fox
Symantec 20141.2.0.56 Trojan.Gen.2
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.R00UC0ELV14
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R00UC0ELV14
VIPRE Antivirus 38102 Yontoo (fs)
       View all 39 all detections
MossNet has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: MossNet
URL: mossnet.info/support
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\MossNet
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\MossNet\MossNetuninstall.exe
Estimated size: 2.37 MB

Program filesFiles installed by MossNet

Program module:MossNetBHO.dll (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\MossNet\MossNetBHO.dll
Additional files:
  • MossNetbho.dll - MossNet
  • MossNet.FirstRun.exe - FirstRun
  • 7za.exe (by Igor Pavlov) - 7-Zip (7-Zip Standalone Console)
  • MossNetUn.exe
  • MossNetUninstall.exe
  • updateMossNet.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • MossNetBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'MossNet' with the class of {155549bf-2110-428a-9d6a-0d9044a99b92}.
  • updateMossNet.exe runs as a service named 'Update MossNet' (Update MossNet).

How do I remove MossNet?

You can uninstall MossNet from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program MossNet, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove MossNet.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by MossNet you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 48%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.62%
Windows 10 34.78%
Windows XP 5.80%
Windows Vista 5.80%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.00%
Windows 8.1 17.65%
Windows 7 Professional 14.71%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.24%
Windows 8 8.82%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

61.54% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 61.54%
  India 14.29%
  DK 4.40%
  Netherlands 3.30%
  Romania 3.30%
  Norway 3.30%
  Germany 2.20%
  France 1.10%
  Ireland 1.10%
  Canada 1.10%
  Switzerland 1.10%
  Argentina 1.10%
  United Kingdom 1.10%
  Mexico 1.10%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Acer 20.37%
Dell 12.96%
ASUS 11.11%
Toshiba 5.56%
Lenovo 5.56%
Sony 3.70%
Medion 1.85%
Intel 1.85%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 6.15%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 3.08%
Samsung 300E4A/300E5A/300... 1.54%
LENOVO 2958 1.54%
HP-Pavilion BK170AA-ABA H... 1.54%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 1.54%

About Yontoo Technology

Yontoo, a subsidiary/alias of ad-hijacker Sambreel, is a publisher of ad-supported web browser extensions designed to inject and display advertisements within the browser.
Publisher URL: www.yontoo.com


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